The 130-year journey through Beloit’s largest park will start with the early history of the park, from Beloit College professor James J. Blaisdell’s initial vision through later controversy over disposition of the land.
Burwell’s talk also will examine over a century of activity at the park, including the early 20th century festival held annually by Beloit College known as Big Hill Day, the stonework constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and the famous ski jump towering over the hill, as well as the recent move to Big Hill Park by the Welty Environmental Center.
The free Earth Day lecture will run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. After the lecture, the Friends of Welty Environmental Center will hold their annual meeting. The public is welcome.